A Passion for Food and Art

16-22 July 2017

coffee and doughnuts
Coffee and doughnuts: Sugary breakfast on the go

One look at my instagram feed and it’s obvious that I like art and food.

Most of the time, I sketch portraits – celebrity or imaginary. But in between the faces, I include photos of food that I prepare. Usually, the recipes are experimental.

Last week, I didn’t feel like drawing the usual portraits. I looked at my phone album to somehow find inspiration.

After a few scrolls, I considered drawing some of the food I have eaten.

Vegan Doughnuts from the Green Bar
Vegan Doughnuts (from The Green Bar

I have reflected a lot on how to combine the things I am interested in. As I have said before, I am inclined with the arts and with food. Aside from those, I also like writing. I did majored in Journalism after all.

At one point, I thought about making a cookbook with illustrated images. However, given that I don’t really have culinary background, writing recipes can be challenging. Besides, I don’t really measure the ingredients in the dishes I experiment on. I also found several blogs and even published cookbooks with illustrations. The idea kinda dampened the excitement. It’s not really something new. They might even be way better at it than I could ever be.

Another idea is that I can create illustrated food reviews. Instead of just taking pictures, I can draw the food that I ate. With that, a few of my food reviews in this blog included artworks. Sadly, I haven’t been that consistent with the reviews.  I am even a credible food blogger?

Korean Lunchbox Dosirak
One of the satisfying food court meals: Dosirak or a Korean Lunch box

Early this week, I have listened to a talk  by Emilie Wapnick about people with multiple interests. While I haven’t moved from one job to another, the idea of being interested with a variety of things and shifting from one interest to another resonated to me. I often think, it’s all in my head because I lack the action towards those interests. I usually bar myself for fully realizing the extent of what I can do on that field because I tend to think that I am not the right fit.

I cannot really say that I am one of those “multipotentialites” but the talk taught me that having multiple interests can be a good thing. It can lead to an innovation. That encouraged me to keep creating and learning along the way. It gave Maybe, I can have that “Eureka!” moment. Maybe, my fascination with food and arts can lead me somewhere, after all.

The artworks are made using Sakura Koi watercolors and Unipins on watercolor paper. All artworks are created by Zai/The Eclectic Miss unless stated otherwise.


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